Posts written by “Amanda Hill


An African man and woman stand at the front of an open conference room where participants look to them.

Initiative Update: Resilience

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Firelight’s Resilience Initiative provides funding and capacity building support to 14 organizations in Tanzania and Kenya working to ensure children realize the fulfillment of their rights and their potential within a safe, caring, and protective environment. In the summer of 2014 we solicited letters of inquiry (LOIs) from organizations in Tanzania and Kenya working on issues of child protection, child rights, and psychosocial support. We received 103 LOIs and selected 24 of the most promising organizations to submit full proposals. We [...]

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Initiative Overview: Resilience

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Firelight’s Resilience Initiative provides funding and capacity building support to 14 grassroots organizations in Tanzania and Kenya working to ensure children realize the fulfillment of their rights and their potential within a safe, caring, and protective environment. We recently completed a three-year child protection initiative that yielded notable results. Eight partner organizations in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Lesotho, South Africa, and Malawi designed and implemented thoughtful sets of programs with the goal of ensuring that children in their communities are safe. Our [...]

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Company Gives Back: Road Trips and Solar Installation in East Africa

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A week ago I returned from Africa with many stories to share. I spent ten days of that trip driving through Uganda and Rwanda with 27 employees of Northland Controls, a company that travels to a new destination every two years for what they call the Northland Challenge. I had no idea what I was in for, but it ended up being one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Learn more about Fund: Solar Challenge, a partnership with [...]

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Stopping Violence with Boys and Girls in Tanzania

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One of my favorite parts about working at Firelight is getting the chance to see our partners grow and evolve. When I first started working here, I was given a grant file to review, as a part of my training. The file documented a grant that we had given to a Tanzanian organization called Kwa Wazee. I quickly developed a keen interest in this organization. Not only because I really liked their name, but also because their programs seemed very [...]

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Protecting Children After World AIDS Day

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People across the world recently observed World AIDS Day. Among those in observance were many staff and beneficiaries of Firelight’s partner organizations. This prompted me to reflect on the various ways that our partners address the issue of HIV and AIDS. PEPFAR’s theme for this year’s World AIDS Day was “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.” When I think of shared responsibility, I think of our partner organizations in Africa, whose efforts stem from the needs of their [...]

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